Tuesday, September 25 - Depart Washington Dulles on United flight UA 146 at 10.10pm. Arrive in Dublin at 10:25am on September 26.
Wednesday, September 26 - We meet our driver/guide, Dave Spillane, board our luxury coach and take a short drive to Malahide for a tour of the castle, some free time to explore the Avoca shop or enjoy a cup of tea/coffee in the Acoca café. Dave will return to the Airport to pick up the Shillelaghs arriving in from Scotland and then the whole group will depart for Belfast. Arrive in Belfast and check you're your hotel. Some time to explore independently before dinner. Overnight: Grand Central Hotel (B, D)
Thursday, September 27 – After breakfast we will have a city tour with a local guide. We will see a city rich in Victorian and Edwardian architecture, major points of interest including Belfast City Hall as the areas of Belfast that made the headlines for so long and the wall paintings synonymous with them (Shankill and Falls Rd areas). After lunch a tour of Titanic Belfast. It is located in the heart of Belfast, on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built. Inside this iconic building, visitors will re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful maiden voyage and her eventual discovery on the seabed. This evening we are free to explore the city on our own. Maybe stop by 'The Crown Bar.' Overnight: Grand Central Hotel (B)
Friday, September 28 – Leaving Belfast and travelling along the beautiful Antrim Coast. A brief photo stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, originally a fisherman's crossing, and on to the Giant's Causeway. After a short audiovisual presentation, we will have an opportunity to walk down and view the spectacular hexagonal volcanic basalt columns. Learn about the mythical giant Finn McCool, who created the Causeway. Return to the village of Bushmills. Overnight: Bushmills Hotel (B, D)
Saturday, September 29 – This morning a short drive to Derry where we will meet a local guide for a walking tour around the city still mostly encircled by its medieval city walls. They are among the best-preserved city fortifications in the Western World. Learn about the city's fascinating history while enjoying some spectacular scenery. Onward to Donegal with a stop at the beautifully restored 15th century Donegal Castle beside the River Eske. The fortified castle keep, built by the wealthy chief of the O'Donnell clan and stronghold for this ruling family, was widely regarded as one of the finest Gaelic castles in Ireland. Overnight: Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (B, D)
Sunday, September 30 – Our journey today takes us west through the town of Killybegs, an important fishing port. Onward to Teelin were we will visit Slieve League. This is one of Europe's highest sea cliffs rising almost 600 meters from the Atlantic. The view is breathtaking and certainly one of the most stunning views in all of Ireland. Visit the Triona Design Center and see the tweed making process from start to finish. Some time to shop and enjoy complimentary tea and freshly baked scones. Overnight: Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (B, D)
Monday, October 1– This morning travel south to Sligo to visit Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate that has strong connections with the 1916 Rising. We will have a tour of the house, time to walk through the Alpine gardens created in 1740. Before departing we can visit the award-winning café for a lunch. Arrive at Cabra Castle in the late afternoon with some time or relax before our farewell dinner. Overnight: Cabra Castle (B, D)
Tuesday, October 2– After breakfast depart for Dublin Airport to board UA 127 at 12.55pm. Arrivie back at Washington Dulles at 3.45pm. Slán abhaile! – Safe home! (B)
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.